Tuesday, September 04, 2018

Food for Fines and Library Card Sign-Up Month Happening at Jefferson County Public Libraries throughout September

Through the month of September, all public libraries in Jefferson County will be participating in a food drive that helps support local charities by replenishing food pantries in anticipation of the coming holidays.

How does it work?
One dollar in fines will be waived for each canned or boxed food item donated in September for up to $10.00 per library card holder. The donations will be applied to fines only, not lost/damaged materials. The drive is open to all who wish to participate. Expiration dates must be visible and legible on all items; expired food will not be accepted.

When and where can donations be made?
Donations will be accepted at all 40 Jefferson County public libraries during September 2018. Visit the Public Libraries in Jefferson County's website for more information and for a list of suggested food items to donate.

Food for Fines is held in conjunction with the annual National Library Card Sign-Up Month. In September cardholders can trade in their old card for a keychain card, receive a replacement for a worn out card, or replace a lost card without paying the $3.00 replacement fee.

What is Library Card Sign-Up Month?
Since 1987, Library Card Sign-Up Month has been held each September to mark the beginning of the school year. Libraries work to remind parents and youth that signing up for a library card is the first step towards academic achievement and lifelong learning.

Throughout the school year, public librarians and library staff will assist parents and caregivers with saving hundreds of dollars on educational resources and services for students. From free access to STEAM programs/activities, educational apps, in-person and virtual homework help, technology workshops to the expertise of librarians, a library card is one of the most cost effective back-to-school supplies available!

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